Friday, July 17, 2009

The search is on!

Once we were assigned our room, we were given access to the "cages" located in the State archival warehouse, to find the furnishings we wanted to use. Everything from sconces to rugs and all kinds of furniture were stacked up and waiting for someone to pluck. After some rummaging, I found a "jewel in the rough" - two metal cornice boards that would be perfect for my window treatments. Like a crown, they will set off the taffeta drapes beautifully! But that wasn't all. Behind several large chests, was the real discovery of the day - a fabulous ornately carved chinese cabinet inlaid with marble and ivory. What a great accent piece for the room!

Friday, July 10, 2009

This is how our room looked when we toured the Mansion the first time. Very tired and screaming for attention!

Kentucky Old Governor's Mansion Revitalization

I have created this blog so that you can follow our involvement in the revitalization of the Kentucky Old Governor's Mansion in downtown Frankfort.

This project was the brainchild of First Lady Jane Beshear, who wanted to revitalize the interiors of this historic building for use by the State and visiting dignitaries. No state funding has been allocated for this project. Every person involved had donated their time, energy, resources and goods. It is truly a testament to the many talented designers, craftspeople, artisans and contractors who have come together to make this project a reality. For more information you can log in to the official website at

After an extensive selection process during which we had to present a detailed design board, J. Waddell Interiors was selected to redesign the Guest Bedroom #204. We are honored to be a part of such a historically significant project for the State of Kentucky and look forward to presenting our design to the public when the house officially opens for events and tours from September 15- October 3, 2009.

The renovation work offically began in June and will continue gaining momentum as we work toward the completion date.

Join me as I take you from the initial furnishing selections to the faux finish on the walls and the installation of all the wonderful details that will make this bedroom come to life!